EFFICACY AND EFFECTIVENESS IN ASTHMA – THE CHANGING WORLD OF MEDICINE EVALUATION AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR GENERAL PRACTICE
- : Melbourne VIC 3000
Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard for evaluating treatment outcomes and providing information on a treatment’s efficacy under optimal conditions. Conversely, studies conducted in a general practice environment can provide information on the effectiveness of a treatment - to what extent RCT findings can be replicated in the ‘real world’. Using the Salford Lung Study in asthma as an example, this session considers what effectiveness evidence is, how it complements findings from classical RCTs, and discusses how GPs can apply this knowledge to everyday management of asthma.